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A Man of Many Faces: a Prototype Wooden Head from Basic Shapes – Dug’s Tips 5

September 13, 2011 by · 8 Comments 

A prototype wooden head for creating different charactersA Man of Many Faces: a Prototype Wooden Head from Basic Shapes
Creating interesting characters is an important part of making a wood automaton because they are often the actors on the mechanically-driven stage. In this article, we will make a generic male head that does not require woodcarving skills or special tools. This head can be modified to create countless different characters for your projects.
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Dug’s Automata Tips, Techniques and Tricks – Tools and References

September 12, 2011 by · Comments Off 

This is a list of related books, materials and tools which may be helpful when reading articles from our blog series Dug’s Automata Tips, Techniques and Tricks.

Tips & Tricks No. 8 – Joints for Automata Figures

Further Reading
The Human Machine (Dover Anatomy for Artists)
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Making and Manipulating Marionettes
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Reference Models
Art S. Buck Artist’s Model – Female
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Art S. Buck Artist’s Model – Male
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Athlete Action Figures – Set of 2
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Basswood Sheets 1/4″ x 4″ x 24″ (pack of 10 sheets)
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Brads 3/4″ x 15
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Coping Saws
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Coping saw blades
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Scroll Saws
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Tips & Tricks No. 7 – Building Boxes

Further Reading
Basic Woodworking by Sunset Books (Out of print, but easy to find and inexpensive)
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The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery by Gary Rogowski
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Tools for Doweling
Dowels Pins

Commercially made dowel pins come in a variety of diameters for joining different thicknesses of wood.
The 1/4″ diameter dowels will serve your needs if you are using wood that is at least 1/2″ thick.
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Dowel Centres
Dowel centres are little metal caps that go into a set of holes that have been drilled for dowels The dowel centres have points that are used to mark the locations for the dowel holes in a second piece of wood. Sets include pairs of common dowel sizes.
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Dowel Centering Jig
This tool clamps to the edge of a board, automatically locating the center. Metal bushings of various sizes aid in drilling holes into the edge of the board.
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Corner Clamps or Right Angle Clamps
These specialized clamps hold boards at right angles to each other, making the drilling for through-doweling much easier.
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Collar Stops
Collar stops are rings that are temporarily attached to a drill bit. The bit will drill only as deep as the collar permits. This is handy for drilling the faces of board that will be blind-doweled.
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Tips & Tricks No. 6 – Rotary Tools

Rotary Tools
Rotary Tools – Amazon UKUS

Rotary Tool Bits
Rotary Tool Carving and Engraving Bit Set – Amazon US

Structured Tooth Tungsten Carbide Carving Bits – Amazon US

Abrasive Brush Set – Amazon UKUS

Diamond-Point Bit Set – Amazon UKUS

Glass Drilling Bit with Cutting Oil – Amazon UKUS

Emery Impregnated Polishing Disc – Amazon US

Rotary Tool Accessories
Right Angle Attachment for Rotary Tool – Amazon UKUS

Flex Shaft Attachment – Amazon UKUS

Rotary Tool Hanger – Amazon UKUS

Abrasive Belt Cleaner – Amazon UKUS

Further Reading
Power Carving Manual: Tools, Techniques, and 16 All-Time Favorite Projects – Amazon UKUS

Instructional DVDs
Frank Russell’s Power Carving Fur, Feathers, & Fins: How to Carve with Foredom Power Tools and Accessories – Amazon UKUS

Tips & Tricks No. 5 – Wooden Heads and faces

Wood Shapes

Hardwood eggs – Woodworks – UK, US
3/8 inch dowels – Amazon UK, US
Assorted wooden stars – Amazon UK, US

Hobby saws

Razor Saw – Amazon UK, US
Hobby saw miter box – Amazon UK, US
Pin vise set – Amazon UK, US

Further Reading

The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression – Amazon UK, US
Cartooning the Head and Figure – Amazon UK, US
Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists – Amazon UK, US

A Literary Feast by Fi Henshall

September 9, 2011 by · Comments Off 

A Literary Feast by Fi HenshallThe latest automata edition from Fi Henshall features a beautiful but hungry bird, intent on devouring the book ‘Beasts’ by R C Bird.
Great style and movement.
This piece will be produced in an edition, and details may vary slightly. (Bespoke book title requests will be considered).

W 10cm
D 10cm
H 13cm

£195 (Excl. VAT)

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Sketchbook Moment No. 53

September 5, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Are we in Arizona? Nope, Texas Pop. 181 Are we in Arizona? Nope, Texas Pop. 181

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